William Chan
Sacramento, CA
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William Chan

William C.

Sacramento, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I want students to excel the fastest they can on guitar. Though I know it is important to let students learn at their own pace, I will never cease to challenge them through difficult pieces or exercises. I will develop plans and keep track of progress so that students and I can stay organized and ensure the learning is fluent. I will direct lessons based on what the student wants to learn most and what genres of music they are interested in. I also change the structure of lessons based on how the student learns. The basics I want students to learn from my lessons are basic chords, fretboard knowledge and music theory, finger-picking styles, pick and strumming techniques, left-hand techniques, and most importantly I want to teach students how to listen. I will train students ears through ear training exercises and songs. I firmly believe the better the student’s ears can get, the better the musician they can be. Besides just teaching songs, I want students to understand the theory, technique, and meaning behind those songs. I can teach advanced students in jazz, but am able to teach beginner to intermediate levels in styles of rock, blues, classical, and pop, and more.

About William C.

Music has been a big part of my life since I was a child singing in musical theater. My passion for music led me to pursue a music degree at California State University, Sacramento. Throughout my time there I have learned a plethora about pedagogy, theory, musicianship, music history, composing, and arranging that I can use to help my students. I started to pursue guitar seriously in high school when I fell in love with a particular genre of music: jazz. Studying the techniques and theory of jazz musicians became my goal in high school, but as the years went by, my love for all types of music expanded. As a result, learning other genres of music has made me a more well-rounded musician. Every day I strive to become a greater musician by expanding my repertoire, improving my technique, improving my ears, and gigging locally as much as possible. I often get the opportunity to play locally with various jazz groups. I try to remain level-headed, but I never stop aiming for excellence. Similarly, though I don’t want to be a burden to my students, I always try to push them to challenge themselves.

I teach because I am convinced that music has power to communicate ideas and feelings that could not be explained through words. Any student wanting to be the communicator in the experience should be encouraged to learn how, and my goal is to help that student grow to their fullest potential.


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10 Reviews
Oanh C.
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We are so happy that we finally found a trained musician to teach my 13 yo son. Now my husband and I are taking lessons from William also. I feel that I finally have found the key to open up my music talent! Lol. William is very dedicated teacher and musician. He is skillful and he knows exactly what his students can do to make progress. Our time with him is very productive. If you want your kids to enjoy learning guitar in an encouraging environment, William is a great instructor. His time is valuable and he makes it worth your time.

Posted Jun 29, 2020
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William is a great teacher so far. He is also a pleasant person and very flexible with schedule and teaching style to meet students' needs.

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Christopher C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My son and husband are taking lessons from William. I am so pleased that we have found a true musician., they seem to learn a lot in a few short lessons. My son starts to teach me guitar. His method makes the lesson easy for me to learn. His enthusiasm makes learning fun and 20 minutes lesson tolerable. I start to like my son more! William has changed my boy after only 2 lessons!

Posted Mar 14, 2020
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William is my first guitar teacher. As daunting as it can be to learn an instrument, he created a comfortable experience for me. He's incredibly talented and his love for music truly shows (which is inspiring). I initially started with the desire to learn jazz and William opened my eyes to explore other genres that integrate with jazz. Im excited to continue to learn and grow with music. I highly recommend anyone at any level to take lessons with William.

Thank you, William!

Posted Sep 13, 2019
Sawyer H.
Profile-location-online Online

Still getting the hang of online lessons and don’t have much to compare it to but my son seems to enjoy it almost as much as live lessons.

Posted Mar 18, 2019
Alec L.
Profile-location-online Online

My son loved his first class. Learned more in one day than he did in a month with his old teacher
Thank you William!

Posted Jan 14, 2019
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Very knowledgeable and super friendly !

Posted Oct 22, 2018
Anne C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

William has been teaching my 10-year-old to play accoustic guitar. He's made it fun for her & I highly recommend him to others.

Posted Oct 1, 2018
Teagan M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great instructor with a lot of patience. Highly recommended!

Posted Sep 13, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Very patient with slower students (me!!!!). Does a good job with making guitar lessons fun. Would recommend to those who are first starting out with a thirst for musical knowledge!!!

Posted May 20, 2018

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Aug 2020 - Present

Martucci Music


Bachelor of Music Education and Jazz Studies
Aug 2017 - May 2021

California State University, Sacramento



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Special Commendation For Outstanding Musicianiship
Mar 2017

Santa Cruz Jazz Festival


Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society
Aug 2014
The mission of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society (STJS) is to preserve and promote traditional jazz, Dixieland, and classic jazz music.

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